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They Came to Cordura (1959)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | June 1959 (USA)
An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

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Major Thomas Thorn
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Adelaide Geary
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Sgt.John Chawk
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Lt. William Fowler
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Cpl. Milo Trubee
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Pvt. Andrew Hetherington
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Pvt. Renziehausen
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Colonel Rogers
Carlos Romero ...
Arreaga
Jim Bannon ...
Capt. Paltz (as James Bannon)
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Colonel DeRose
Maurice Jara ...
Mexican Federale
Sam Buffington ...
1st Correspondent
Arthur Hanson ...
2nd Correspondent
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Storyline

After a cavalry charge during the 1916 U.S. "war against Pancho Villa," unheroic awards officer Tom Thorn (who is obsessed with the nature of courage) recommends 4 men for the Medal of Honor. He is ordered back to Cordura with them...and prisoner Adelaide Geary, gringo who sheltered the enemy. On the arduous journey, Thorn's heroes show a different face, and Thorn may have one last chance to prove he's no coward. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Slashing Story of a Desert Warrior Who Fought His Way From HELL TO GLORY !


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June 1959 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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In a 1960 interview John Wayne criticized this film and Montgomery Clift's Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), both of which treated homosexuality (in this film because of an implied homosexual relationship between the characters played by Gary Cooper and Tab Hunter), as "poison polluting Hollywood's moral bloodstream." The latter, he said, was "too disgusting even for discussion." See more »

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One of the soldiers is singing the folk song Denver, which was written by Randy Sparks for the New Christy Minstrels in 1962. the movie is set in the Mexican Wars in 1916. See more »

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Col. DeRose: We're chasing one man, Pancho Villa, over some of the wildest country on earth. You can quote me as saying that the Punitive Expedition U.S. Army has him completely surrounded... on one side.
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On the night of March 8th, 1916, a large mounted force of Mexican rebels under Pancho Villa crossed the American Border and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing and wounding both American civilians and soldiers.

As a result of this action,the United States Army sent an expedition into Mexico with orders to capture Villa and disperse his forces.

It was during this campaign that one man, an United States Army officer,was forced to come face to face with two of the great fundamental questions that affect mankind:

What Is Courage? What Is Cowardice?

This is the story of his search for an answer. See more »

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A sad movie
27 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not sad in the normal sense. It was too long and I did not care for any of the characters. There is always some sympathetic character, one you root for. I really did not care if they got back to Cordura. An earlier comment by bkoganbing about Gary Cooper being the wrong one for the part is so correct. Montgomery Cliff would have been better as the self-doubting one in charge. Gary Cooper has always been to me a very wooden actor and this movie did not change my mind about that. Van Heflin is good as the agitator in the movie and the rest of the actors became more well known in the 60s and did OK as the supporting cast. Rita Hayworth, well is Rita Hayworth. Not a horrible movie, if you have two hours you don't mind not getting back.


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